Team Writing Your Life: Meet Amanda Benson

I met Patricia several years ago through a mutual friend. At the time, I had no idea that she was a published author or had this amazing business publishing people’s life stories and coaching others in their writing endeavors. As soon as I found out, however, I thought to myself, “Wow, how do I get in on that?” More on that in a moment.

I do not ever remember a time that I didn’t love to read or write. I have always been fascinated by words and stories. I am quite fond of that internal narration that never ceases. If you’re a writer, too, you know exactly what I mean.

When I was in sixth grade I wrote and illustrated a small book of spiritual truths, such as “bloom where you are planted,” as a gift for my best friend. Pretty deep for a 12-year-old! I went on to explore creative writing and journalism in high school, acting as managing editor of the school newspaper two of those years. Later, I graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of arts in English.

Despite the early planting of these writer’s-life seeds, I experienced what many people with dreams do: life happens and the dream gets put on the shelf.

Shortly after college, I met my handsome prince, Brad, and we got married. Not long after that our daughter came along and then our son two years later. We just celebrated seventeen years of marriage; our kids are twelve and fourteen now. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, we have been delighted to call Orlando home the last eleven years.

I am so grateful that I was able to be a stay-at-home mom for the early years of my children’s lives. A few years ago, as their independence increased, my desire to write again also increased. I started a blog documenting my journey in drawing closer to God and living out my faith.

Last July, I was fortunate to participate in Patricia’s Spiritual Memoir class, and I was hooked. I signed up for the fall six-week writing class, bought a five-year journal, and Eating an Elephant. I also left with pages of notes and writing ideas and a renewed passion for my writing. During the fall writing class, I began doing some side jobs for Patricia. Before the new year, I was an official Writing Your Life team member in the role of Patricia’s assistant. How serendipitous, having wondered a few years earlier how I could get involved with something like Writing Your Life.

My days consist of client communications, processing emails, managing Patricia’s calendar and appointments, writing newsletter articles and company procedures, formatting manuscripts, working onsite at Writing Your Life live events, and more. My work history as both a paralegal (life before kids) and in the catering business have come in handy as well. I am so happy to be part of Writing Your Life and working alongside Patricia and the rest of the team. I have learned so much already. I’m taking that dream back off the shelf and breathing new life into it.

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